Richard Crook is a Professorial Fellow with the Governance Team, IDS.

Richard Crook - Emeritus Fellow

Emeritus Fellows


Professor Richard Crook holds a PhD from London University (LSE) and is the coauthor of Democracy and Decentralisation in South Asia and West Africa (1998) and The law, legal institutions and the protection of land rights in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire (2007).

He previously taught at the University of Birmingham (Centre of West African Studies), Glasgow University and was the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London). His areas of specialisation include: governance and administration (particularly decentralisation); state-civil society relations, public service reform and access to justice and land rights particularly in West Africa and South Asia.

This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 42.2.

Working with the Grain? Rethinking African Governance

IDS Bulletin 42.2 (2011)

At the heart of current policy thinking about Africa there is a significant knowledge gap concerning governance and development. This IDS Bulletin is concerned with what can be done about that, drawing on the initial experience of a new research venture, the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP). More details

Thematic Expertise:
Governance; Politics and Power; Rights.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa.